The economy

SME population hits six year high

The number of small and medium-sized enterprises in the UK reached a six-year high of 2.16 million in 2013, according to the National Association for Commercial Finance Brokers.

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Earnings rise slower than inflation

Average UK earnings have risen slower than the rate of inflation for the fifth year running, according to the Office for National Statistics.

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Production up 3.2 per cent year-on-year

Total production output in the UK grew by 3.2 per cent between October 2012 and October 2013, the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show.

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Medium sized businesses leading economic recovery

Businesses that employ between 50 and 499 people and have an annual turnover of between £10 and 100 million are leading the UK's economic recovery, research from the Confederation of British Industry has found.

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Inflation falls to 2.2 per cent

The cost of goods and services for consumers increased by 2.2 per cent between October 2012 and October 2013, according to the Office for National Statistics.

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UK economy shows strongest growth since 2010

The UK economy grew by 0.8 per cent in the third quarter of 2013, according to data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), prompting Chancellor George Osborne to say the country is 'on the path to prosperity.'

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Growth in online retail searches

The volume of searches for online goods increased by 12 per cent in the third quarter of 2013 when compared like-for-like with Q3 2012, according to the latest figures from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and Google.

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UK unemployment continues to fall

The number of unemployed people in the UK fell by 18,000 from June to August, data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed.

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Northern Ireland trading activity hits six-year high

Northern Ireland's economic recovery is gathering pace, with businesses recording the fastest rate of activity and expansion in six years during September, the Ulster Bank Northern Ireland Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) has shown.

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Autumn Statement confirmed for 4 December

This year's Autumn Statement will be held on Wednesday 4 December, Chancellor George Osborne has confirmed on his Twitter account.

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